Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory

Stay Happy to Stay Well- How merrymaking cuts your cold risk

December 10, 2015

by Jennifer Anju Grossman Read the original article on Healthzette. Being sick can be a bummer, but can being bummed out make you sick? The answer is yes, according to new research that suggests a link between a lower mood and higher rates of infection. Psychologist Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University looked at how psychological […]

NCRC Offers Start-Ups Advantages

June 30, 2015

While touring the NC Research Campus (NCRC), founders of a West Coast biotech start-up were impressed to find in one place the resources they need to launch their business: Collaborations exploring plant-based phytochemicals with scientists at the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute. Product testing with the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory, Spectrum Discovery Center and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute’s Human Research Core. […]

Effects of a freeze-dried juice blend powder on exercise-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune function in cyclists

March 06, 2014

Effects of a freeze-dried juice blend powder on exercise-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune function in cyclists.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. March 2014. Knab AM, Nieman DC, Gillitt ND, Shanely RA, Cialdella-Kam L, Henson D, Sha W, Meaney MP. Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, North Carolina Research Campus; Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory, NC Research Campus; UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division, […]

Vitamin D2 vs D3

February 15, 2014

 Known for decades as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D today is clouded by controversy. Physicians and scientists are in heated debates over the actuality of a global rise in vitamin D deficiency as well as the effectiveness of and need for more vitamin D testing. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to rickets and other bone deforming […]

ASU, Dole and NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports Team Up for New Findings on Vitamin D

February 15, 2014

Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus teamed up with NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports for a study sponsored by Dole Food Company. The goal of the study was to determine if a Portobello mushroom powder rich with vitamin D2 through exposure to ultraviolet light would have any effect on muscle function, exercise-induced muscle damage and delayed […]

Walk to Avoid Seasonal Weight Gain, Colds and Flu

December 15, 2013

If you want to check holiday weight gain and beat cold and flu season, add a brisk walk to your daily routine. A frequently cited study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that their study group gained less than one pound during the holidays. For most people, holiday weight gain can top five to 10 […]

Preventing Disease and Improving Health Starts Early In Life

October 13, 2013

Disease prevention and good health is not a goal just for adults. NC Research Campus scientists are contributing scientific findings that show a a lifetime of good health starts as early as infancy with a mother’s diet and her genotype playing a critical role. As a child grows, their eating habits and activity level determine their risk for […]

New Study Finds Benefits of Combining Blueberries and Exercise

October 09, 2013

PR Web According to the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, researchers have discovered that combining blueberries with exercise offers two potential health benefits – the ability for the body to burn fat longer after exercise, and improved absorption of inflammation-reducing antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. Weekend warriors and elite athletes can benefit from combining blueberries […]

Exercise and Polyphenols: Absorption and Afterburn Effect

September 13, 2013

Scientists from Appalachian State University (ASU), Dole Food Company and NC State University are some of the first to find in a human trial that following exercise polyphenols enter the body in elevated levels via the colon and that polyphenolic metabolism is ramped up for 14 hours after exercise. In the joint study, long-distance runners were given […]

ASU Recruiting for Fruit Carbohydrate/Chia Seed Oil Study

March 28, 2013

The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory is recruiting for a new study entitled Sustained Energy:  Influence of ingesting fruit-based carbohydrates and chia seed oil on human running performance. The Principal Investigator is David C. Nieman, DrPH, director of the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. What […]

Appalachian State University: Peaking Human Performance

May 09, 2012

At the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab, director David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, and his research team are using treadmills, stationary bicycles, swimming pools, metabolic chambers and bod pods to find practical answers to the questions surrounding health, exercise and nutrition that can help peak human performance. Read the full story.